Another good Monday chat. It seems there wasn't much of a March Madness hangover. Not too much despair with how the weekend went, so that was a good thing.
Here's a taste of what you missed if you were out and about earlier:
Tim (Athens, GA)
Is anyone besides me taking the Missouri Tigers seriously? I see them capable of upsetting UGA in Columbia on Sept. 8. Your thoughts?
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I take that team pretty seriously. The offense has a chance to be pretty fun to watch this fall, but it will have to grow up in a hurry when it comes to facing SEC defenses. Speed and size are a little different in this part of the country. Being thin at CB won't help the Dawgs, but there are so many vets on that team that I doubt you'll see much of a letdown. I think that game will be very fun to watch.
Who will be the running back for UF when the season opens?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
I'll start with Mike Gillislee, but it sounds like Mack Brown had a pretty good weekend. He has to be more consistent and Gillislee has to learn how to pass block. Also, I expect Omarius Hines to get a lot of work this fall as a pass-catching RB.
I need to replace Ubbs and Big 12 twitter chatter with some SEC blogger content - what twitter handles do I need to follow?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
Glad you asked. You should all be following Chris (@ESPN_SEC), but he never uses it. He leaves that to the young guns. My handle is @AschoffESPN. I'm fun, engaging and smart. Follow me and tell your friends because I think I'm pretty entertaining :) Walking Dead fans are a must!
Jared (Columbia SC)
If Ellington does reverse his decision like he is considering how big of an impact does he play in the offense for the Gamecocks this year?
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
I'm not sure because he wasn't a big factor last year on offense. He made a play here and there, but he was never a real threat in the passing game. He is so athletic and can do so much, but he just didn't blow up like a lot of people thought and I think he needs more time to concentrate on football in order to do that.
Michael (San Antonio)
Howdy Edward. Love the blog. I was wondering if you agree with Sumlin in regards to starting spring ball later than usual to allow the players more time with the S&C coach. The players need to learn a new system, and to me it seems like it would have been advantageous to start as early as possible.
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I do agree with it. He was concerned with the size and strength of players before spring ball started and he wants to make sure that his guys are ready to compete physically before they go through their first SEC season. He understands that depth is an issue at positions, but he wants to make sure his players have the toughness and stamina to get through a full season in the SEC regardless.
Knile Davis (Fayetteville)
Do you think my fellow SEC competitors realize how much I will dominate this year?
Edward Aschoff (12:10 PM)
Pleasure you having, good sir. I think people know what you're capable of. You won't be overlooked. Get ready for boxes to be stacked when you line up :)
What younger players do you see making an Impact this year for The Tide? Defensively, I have high hopes for Ha-Ha, on the other side of the ball, a healthy Dee Hart could possibly add a new angle to our backfield.
Edward Aschoff (12:12 PM)
I think both of those guys are players to keep an eye on. The coaches really like what Hart can do when he's 100 percent and he'll be a nice change-of-pace back. Also, Eddie Williams will be given the opportunity to compete early on offense at wide receiver. So will Chris Black. I also expect Adrian Hubbard to do well at the Jack linebacker spot this fall.
Jack (South Carolina)
Even with solid recruiting classes both Florida and Georgia still have small rosters (numbers wise). With the new recruiting limits in place how can these two teams add bodies ? Do you still see it as a possible issue for either team as depth has been a voiced concern for both coaches?
Edward Aschoff (12:14 PM)
If these small numbers continue it certainly will be. I think it's all about roster management and bringing in the right number of early enrollees. Attrition is going to happen, but it's all about not making it a serious issue for teams (like Florida and Ole Miss specifically). Coaches are smart enough to figure out the numbers, but a lot aren't happy about the cap in this league. It's going to take some getting used to. You'll see less players sent packing because they don't matchup physically with their classmates though.